Text: Nehemiah 2:9-20
Knowing God’s will for our lives can be tricky. I’ll admit, I’ve tried to circumvent the process a time or two. (If you happen to check my browser history, please ignore the Google search, “How do I know God’s will for my life?” And please also ignore anything having to do with rashes.)
But other times, God’s will is as clear as day. Or in Nehemiah’s case, as we read earlier this week, it can be as clear as an obvious statement from God. Knowing God’s will isn’t the tricky part in those instances. You’ve discovered the path, now it’s the carrying it out that stretches us.
Walking in His ways won’t always be popular. Others will be “very much disturbed.” (Nehemiah 2:10, NIV)
We may not have a team standing alongside of us, just a few helpers and the shirt on our back.
There will be gates we can’t get through, obstacles and gates and upon careful examination, we’ll realize the daunting task before us.
We’ll search our motives. Are we telling everyone, for our own glory, what God put on our hearts to do as an act of obedience? (Nehemiah 2:12, NIV) Or is our right hand unaware of what our left hand is doing (Matthew 6:3, NIV), because we know we can’t lay claim to our obedience?
In our walk, there has to come a point where we block out the naysayers. A point when we stop surmising what we don’t have to accomplish the task and when we stop examining how very hard it will be.
There comes a point, with a prayer and pure motives, where we just begin the good work.
In spite of the seemingly insurmountable, the mockery and ridicule, He will give us success.
Just begin the good work.